MAD DASH: Gun buyers line up to purchase assault weapons, high-capacity magazines ahead of Cuomo signing law banning them
Lines stretched out the door of gun shops from Binghamton to Buffalo before the historic passage of new gun-control legislation that is designed to prevent a repeat of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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-Customers line up at Zack's Sports in Round Lake Tuesday waiting to purchase guns and ammunition ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing into law a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
The gun business was booming in New York Tuesday as buyers frantically tried to make their final purchases before the state’s new gun law was signed. Lines stretched out the doors of gun shops from Binghamton to Buffalo and elsewhere upstate as enthusiasts rushed to purchase assault weapons, high capacity magazines and other soon-to-be-banned items.
“Right now, I think people are in total shock,” said Kevin Zacharewicz, owner of Zack’s Sports in Round Lake, about 30 minutes north of Albany.
Shocked and angry gun-seekers flocked to Zack’s throughout the morning and afternoon as lawmakers in the Assembly debated the gun control measure adopted by the Senate just before midnight Monday.
Cars jammed the shop’s modest parking lot and parked along the street for a half-mile in either direction of the lakeside store.
“Got to get the guns now,” said one customer, holding his baby daughter, as he waited to buy semi-automatic handguns, which were not covered by the ban."
-The customer declined to be identified.
“People are disappointed in their government,” said Kevin Zacharewicz, owner of Zack's Sports in Round Lake. “They rammed this thing through in the dead of night behind closed doors.” Customers leaving Zack's Sports in Round Lake with weapons they had just purchased. Owners of assault weapons will have to register them within one year unless they want to sell them outside the state. Zacharewicz, who has owned the store for 20 years, said business picked up after the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn., and really surged after Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address last week. “People are disappointed in their government,” said Zacharewicz. “They rammed this thing through in the dead of night behind closed doors.”